Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Sep 2017 21:20 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source

Digital services offered and used by public administrations are the critical infrastructure of 21st-century democratic nations. To establish trustworthy systems, government agencies must ensure they have full control over systems at the core of our digital infrastructure. This is rarely the case today due to restrictive software licences.

Today, 31 organisations are publishing an open letter in which they call for lawmakers to advance legislation requiring publicly financed software developed for the public sector be made available under a Free and Open Source Software licence.

Good initiative, and a complete and utter no-brainer. Public money, public code.

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RE: This old chestnut again
by Z_God on Sun 17th Sep 2017 08:44 UTC in reply to "This old chestnut again"
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It seems you are not familiar with publicly funded software development. In practice this software is developed and used for specific purposes within a governmental organization. When I asked at me previous job "why don't we publish everything as free software?" the main response was "yes, actually why not?".

In the past there would sometimes be parties in between (like Cap Gemini) that would arrange contracts in such a way that only they would be able to improve the software which was developed (any paid for) by the government. At some point the government became smart enough to prevent this by law which puts the ownership of publicly funded software with the government. They might as well release this source for everybody to look at. In practice this will mainly enable different governmental organizations to share their development more easily with each other because the amount of infrastructure needed will be reduced.

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